Practical stuff

If you're thinking of going walking in Alpine countries, here's some practical detail to help get you started.

Weather and Seasons

The main walking season in the Alps is early July until early September. It is often possible to walk in June, though you should expect some snow on the ground - possibly widespread snow cover depending on the Winter and how early and warm Spring was. Walkers in May should expect widespread snow, which may be impassable (deep!) in places without snowshoes.

September is often a fine month, though the days are cooler and shorter, and many huts close from mid September. October is a lot colder, and there is often some snow, occasionally heavy. Snow in October may settle. Walkers in November may have to cope with Winter conditions - though the weather may remain fine and cool.